If you are married to a British citizen or in a civil partnership then you can apply for British Citizenship providing you have lived in the UK for the last three years. You must have indefinite leave to remain or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have a permanent residence status (this last option will not be possible after 31 December 2020).
To apply for British Citizenship, you must meet certain key requirements, including:
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It is possible to gain citizenship if you have “settled status” under the EU Settlement Scheme once you have lived in the UK for five years. You must have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting settled status.
From 1 January 2021, those with settled status must apply for citizenship on that basis and cannot apply using the permanent residence basis. If you had permanent residence before getting settled status then from 1 January 2021 you can count that time towards the 12 months qualifying period.
Permanent residence status
You can only apply for citizenship with permanent residence statement if you already have a permanent residence document and do not also have settled status from 1 January 2021. It's important to note that EU, EEA and Swizz citizens will need to apply for permission to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.